Why is the Left so nonchalant about anti-Semitism?

3,542 views
4453720158_3f639a1ea5_z

An American Protestor in Lafayette Park, Washington, near the White House

The number of hate crimes against Jews living in the UK has doubled since the beginning of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. In Europe, where violence and violent rhetoric against Jews is much higher than the UK, anti-Semitic attacks have become so frequent, that they have inspired a new wave of Jewish emigration to Israel. It is estimated that in France, 5,000 Jews will emigrate to Israel this year alone. So serious is the threat to Europe’s Jewish population, that the French, German, and Italian governments have issued a joint statement saying that “hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies,” and that, in regards to pro-Palestinian rallies, they will do everything possible to combat “acts and statements that cross the line into antisemitism, racism and xenophobia.” Responding to the toxic atmosphere for Jews in Europe, the President of France, François Hollande, vows that fighting anti-Semitism will become a “national cause.” What’s going on in Europe? Robert Singer, the chief executive officer of the World Jewish Congress, sums up the problem this way: “I think Jews in Europe are being seen as Israeli.”

Even if they were Israeli, I would add, the flattening of people, policy and state to a single homogenous entity is, in itself, hateful. A minority within the Pro-Palestinian movement wish to collectively punish Jews for the deeds of the Israeli state—a state with which many Jews find themselves in stark opposition regarding its treatment of its Palestinian neighbours. Despite such hatred tarnishing the reputation and moral credibility of the Palestinian solidarity movement, however, here in Ireland my experience has been that the Left generally considers anti-Semitism either a non-issue or, as our own Chris Donnelly said on Twitter, a “red herring charge by those seeking to give cover to Israeli Gov actions.” To be fair to Chris, he means that the Israeli government and its supporters have a history of manipulatively using charges of anti-Semitism to deflect criticism of zionism and the Israeli state’s murder of innocent Palestinian civilians and children, land grabbing, and its ongoing treatment of Arabs as second-class citizens. In the current context, with more than 1,000 Palestinians dead as a result of “Operation Protective Edge,” and Israel demonstrating no intention of lifting the blockade on Gaza or halting the settlements of the West Bank, it might seem tangential or distracting to focus on a minority within the larger protest movement. But the danger in leaving anti-Semitism within the pro-Palestinian camp unaddressed not only gives ammunition to the Israeli state and its right-wing supporters, but actually leaves vulnerable Jewish communities here in Europe at risk of further violence.

Let me be clear:  it doesn’t threaten the Palestinian solidarity movement to discern, challenge, and root out anti-Semitism from within our ranks. And yet, on Twitter, I’ve felt I belong in a category of my own: pro-Palestine, but likewise concerned about anti-Semitism and the wellbeing of our Jewish neighbours. I’ve noticed an alarming nonchalance about anti-Semitism from some here in Northern Ireland. For example, one person on Twitter argued, in regards to the two attacks on a Belfast synagogue, “Let’s not escalate a broken window above what it is.. token act of minority ignorance.” A Russia Today article about the same two incidents, however, sets them in a larger context linked to the rising trend of attacks against Jews in the UK. “Some of the more serious incidents reportedly include a rabbi who sustained an attack by four youths adjacent to a Jewish school in Gateshead, the smashing of a synagogue’s windows in Belfast, and a coterie of Asian men who drove through a Jewish district of Greater Manchester, yelling “Heil Hitler” while throwing missiles at local pedestrians.” My own suspicion about the British, Irish and American Left’s denial of anti-Semitism is that it’s a knee-jerk reaction to rightwing commentators who give cover to Israel by waving the flag of anti-Semitism. That is to say, because the Right says anti-Semitism exists within the Palestinian solidarity movement and the broader Left, and uses this to discredit political opposition to Israel, the Left feels a need to take a directly oppositional stance. Thus, the Left’s scripted response has become: it’s not anti-Semitism, it’s anti-Zionism. The Left has chosen to play by the Right’s rules.

Here in Ireland there is a—albeit an extreme minority—group of explicitly Jew-hating social media users who rely on the classic tropes of anti-Semitism to argue for Palestinian freedom. The most well-known anti-Semitic account in Ireland, I suspect, was @ClintDerry, who described himself as a “Native Irish Republican” and a “Holohoax realist.” Thankfully, the account has been suspended. His Twitter profile included a picture of a Palestinian girl waving the flag of her nation. Clint frequently went after Israel supporters by calling them “NaziKikes,” “NaziJews,” and other unsavoury epithets. In one tweet, he linked to an image that includes a long-nosed Jew and the word “Holocash.”Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 23.16.45

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 23.15.31The image relies on two traditional tropes of anti-Semitism. One, that the Holocaust was a Jewish-created, self-serving conspiracy. And two,  that rich jews use their influence to rig the system against normal, decent, hardworking people. The New Statesman ran an interesting article back in January that explored tropes similar to these within Occupy and other new Leftist movements. Anthony Clavane, exploring the question, “is anti-Semitism now the radicalism of fools,” argues in the piece that “no self-respecting person on the left should endorse anti-establishment positions that are in reality just cloaked anti-Semitism.”

Back to another local example, Belfast Twitter-user @joe42, vociferously anti-zionist in content, tweeted recently, “If you see Zionists phone this number immediately.” The user includes a link to a picture containing a rat extermination company. Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 23.10.00The extermination of vermin, of course, was the favoured Nazi analogy for dealing with Jews in Europe. These are a couple examples of an extremely hateful minority which by no means represent the mainstream within the pro-Palestinian movement here in Ireland. As Chris argued with me on Twitter, the “overwhelming majority of people opposed to Israeli treatment of Palestinians aren’t anti-Semitic.” I couldn’t agree more. The problem is the lack of acknowledgment that hatred against Jews in Europe is growing and that Israel’s recent invasion of Gaza has exacerbated a situation which for them was already bad.

Brendan O’Neill, writing in the Telegraph, makes the point that the Left is “becoming more anti-Semitic, or at least risks falling into the trap of anti-Semitism, sometimes quite thoughtlessly. In the language it uses, in the ideas it promotes, in the way in which it talks about the modern world, including Israel, much of the Left has adopted a style of politics that has anti-Semitic undertones, and sometimes overtones.” O’Neill identifies the Left’s preoccupation with conspiratorial thinking as the chief culprit driving anti-Semitism. The “Left’s embrace of conspiratorial thinking, its growing conviction that the world is governed by what it views as uncaring “cabals”, “networks”, self-serving lobbyists and gangs of bankers, all of which has tempted it to sometimes turn its attentions towards those people who historically were so often the object and the target of conspiratorial thinking – the Jews.” When, we on the Left, in our laziness or denial, allow anti-Semitism space to exist and grow, extremists among our ranks are encouraged in their determination to carry out hatred against Jewish minorities living in our cities—wrongly blaming them for Israel’s aggression. Our own choice of words and attitudes should reflect a determined effort on the Left to stand up to anti-Semitism, the way we would stand up to any other form of hatred that sought to denigrate and marginalise a group of people.

Another point Chris made on Twitter was that the US Left throughout twentieth Century was inspired by Jewish activists and thinkers. Again, I agree. But to say, as Chris does, that there is “no link” between the Left and anti-Semitism is wrong. Danniel Hannan, a fierce opponent of the contemporary Left, argued in the Telegraph on Tuesday that “Left-wing anti-Semitism is anything but a new phenomenon,” and goes on to trace the Left’s uncomfortable history with Jewish hatred. This is what I mean when I say that by ignoring our problem with anti-Semitism on the Left, however small or large it may be, we actually create an open door for attacks from the Right.

Anti-semitism is real and poses a severe threat to European Jewry. The Left must have the moral courage to interrogate where anti-Semitism has crept into its discourses and attitudes. We should also awaken to the fears and anxieties of our Jewish and Israeli neighbours who feel increasingly isolated and vulnerable. A broken window, as we know here in Northern Ireland, is meant to signal a much larger threat. I would caution those that dismiss the broken synagogue windows as a token incident to imagine what it must feel like as a very small minority to have your one—one!—place of communal gathering and worship attacked. Finally, not to draw too heavily on this, but the spectre of Kristallnacht still looms large in the Jewish memory. And in recent memory, the Kansas neo-Nazi shootings, the Nariman House in Mumbai, and many other horrific terror attacks on Jews across the world signal that in relation to anti-Semitism, there is no such thing as a token incident.

Let’s speak out against anti-Semitism wherever we find it. Even better, let’s speak out against anti-Semitism and all hatred because we, on the Left, believe in equality and justice for all, regardless of religion, race, gender, class, sexuality and anything else that may prevent someone from full participation in society. Let’s also continue to speak out against Israel’s madness and murder. Because the blockade needs to end immediately and the settlements need to stop—even be dismantled. If Israel wants to call itself a liberal democracy, it needs to seriously reconsider how it organises itself as a state. And it most certainly must stop killing innocent children and civilians and treating Arabs and second-class citizens.

 

  • Tacapall

    Really, the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928, 20 years before Israel.

    Maybe the Daily Express made a mistake on March 24 1933.

    “Judea Declares War on Germany – Jews of All the World Unite – Boycott of German Goods – Mass Demonstrations.”

    “The whole of Israel throughout the world is uniting to declare an economic and financial war on Germany. The appearance of the Swastika as the symbol of the new Germany has revived the old war symbol of Judas to new life. Fourteen million Jews scattered over the entire
    world are tight to each other as if one man, in order to declare war against the German persecutors of their fellow believers. The Jewish wholesaler will quit his house, the banker his stock exchange, the merchant his business, and the beggar his humble hut, in order to join the holy war against Hitler’s people”

    Obviously someone was thinking ahead then.

  • Ashley

    It’s not clear to me how this relates to Israel and the MB. This quote is extremely popular on conspiracy theory and white supremacist websites. Are you also an anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist? Come out and say it.

  • Catlin

    Indeed. Seems that the enemies of ISIS have the bad luck now not to be fighting the Jews. If only they were, there would be protests all over Europe! Sadly, as it stands, nobody really cares about them. Perhaps they should change their names to Hamas?

  • Tacapall

    Isn’t it convenient Ashley you have a savior in Barton.

  • gendjinn

    Why are you defending the murder of children?

  • Catlin

    Not defending at all. Just pointing out the anti-Jewish double standard. Why are you not protesting the murder of of people in all parts of the world?

  • Ashley

    You didn’t answer my question. I googled the quote you used and it turns out you’ve used it before on a WW2 history thread to imply that a Jewish ”banking interest” motivated British involvement in the war. You are an anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist, hiding behind the Israel issue.

  • Abucs

    I see you didn’t reply to Goebbel’s letter criticisng capitalist Britain and extolling the virtues of Socialist Germany when rallying the troops.
    You also didn’t respond to the fact that Hitler rounded up Nazis and murdered them.
    You may care to know that the term fascist came from Mussolini’s party and was first applied to the Nazis by the Soviets after the Socialist split.
    You also didn’t reply to the fact that the name of the Nazi party was National Socialist Labour Party.
    You didn’t reply to Goebbel’s criticism of England as the rich preying on the working poor in contrast to Germany’s vastly superior social programs.
    The only desperation is that you prefer to repeat what you have heard without thinking for yourself.
    On the chance you may wish to start, ask yourself just what is it that makes the National Socialists of the right?
    I’d be interested to hear your answer.

  • Tacapall

    Ashley I answered you twice but it seems Sheriff Barton pays the piper so he calls the tunes and decides what can be posted and what cannot, maybe your both one and the same. Its typically British of you to judge others on your perception of history but unfortunately facts are against you, all wars are instigated by bankers for profit, those bankers from the City that is, that used the British people as cannon fodder to plunder the world, im sure you could explain what connects all the wars below together. The Napoleonic war 1793 – 1815, Turkish war 1827 – 1829, Crimean war 1853 – 1856, Civil war 1861 – 1871, Franco-Pressian war 1870-1878, Russian-Turkish war 1877-1878, Egyptian war, 1882-1885, Spanish-American war 1898-1899, Sudan war 1898-1899, Boer war 1899-1902, Partition of Siam 1899-1909, Russian-Japanese 1904-1905, Morocco Conflict 1904-1906, Persian conflict 1907-1912, Morocco affair 1911, Tripoli war 1911-1912, 1st Balkan war 1912-1913, 2nd Balkan war 1913, World war 1 1914, 1918. South American conflict and world wide boycott 1934-1939, World war 2 1939 and then there’s the Opium war, Storming of Pekin, Yellow war, Boxer war, Manchurian Conquest, The Egyptian revolution 1919-1921, the Anglo Irish war, Ulster war, Massacre of Armistar, Indian revolution, Egyptian revolution 1924-1925 etc etc etc until today.

    By the way was it not Jews who financed Cromwell, was it not Jews who financed William of Orange and was it not Jews who were the first investors and owners in the formation of the Bank of England ?

    I dont need a university degree to figure out when the wool is being pulled over my eyes nor do I need to go to Yale to understand its the winners who write history but the truth always emerges and us Irish understand only too well when it comes to truth, never accept the words of war mongers who carry bibles in one hand and swords in the other.

  • gendjinn

    Yes you are. You state that the absence of condemnation of X event means those criticising Israel are not critical of X. You are not criticising Israel’s murder of children, therefore by your own logic…..

    The difference between X and Israeli murder of children, is that there’s an opportunity on this very blog to condemn it. There currently isn’t a blog on slugger on X.

    The other warning sign is how you twist Israel to Jew when the Venn diagram of those populations are not co-incident.

  • gendjinn

    Every single of your points above are merely chaff and you refuse to explain why Hitler murdered every single socialist, communist & trades unionist he possibly could. While the the night of the long knives was about taking out a handful of his rivals. That you place all emphasis on the name they chose for themselves, rather than seeing if their actions were actually socialist is the final nail in your bizarre and illogical smear.

    You’re relying on statements from Goebbels :) I rest my case.

  • Catlin

    Um, the lady doth protest too much, methinks. I don’t believe that Israel is targeting children, but that, of course doesn’t justify anything. The sad reality is that both you and I know much more about Jewish and Israeli culture because it is trumped up in the news soo much (and people love to hate Jews/Israelis/Zionists or whatever vernacular you wish to apply) at the expense of other, very often, equally or more tragic situations that aren’t as romantic.

  • gendjinn

    Not all Zionists are Jews or Israelis.
    Not all Israelis are Jews or Zionists.
    Not all Jews are Israelis or Zionists.

    But go right ahead and criticise others for not condemning some example of violence when you demand it, while you refuse to criticise Israel for murdering children, when given the opportunity.

    “I don’t believe that Israel is targeting children…”

    Despite the evidence to the contrary and video footage of IDF shooting a boy dead in cold blood. The testimony of IDF soldiers that they have seen IDF murder a 10 year Palestinian girl.

  • Catlin

    Excuse me. I am not forgiving Israel, but I do not think it is their policy to murder people. Like the American general that was murdered in Afghanistan a few days ago, it is murder, in some cases, but I don’t see any evidence that it is policy. Also, the blog is about anti-Semitism, not your rage against the Zionist entity. My point is that when anti-semitic events occur, Europeans do and say little. When atrocities are committed by anyone other than your Zionist entity, than little is said by by righteous European leftists. The deaths are tragic, and possibly criminal in some cases, but the reaction is different for Zionist entity members.

  • fordprefect

    I’ve been trying to get on this thread for ages now. But thanks to Disqus, I couldn’t. I looked through most of the posts. I can say with certainty that there is a vast, vast number of people (myself included), who are not anti-Semitic nor anti-Israeli, but are anti-Zionist (in its purest form) and anti-Israeli war monger types like Benjamin Netanyahu. The problem the likes of Netanyahu and co. have now is social media. Aerial Sharon tried to get away with it when he gave the go ahead for the Sabra and Shatila massacre in 1982. The world’s media could only get in after the slaughter had taken place, up to, and probably more than, 2,000 Palestinians were murdered, men women and children. The problem Netanyahu and his ilk have, is that we can see it in real time now, I’ve never seen my “kids” so angry (they range in age from 29 down to 14) they have all been out on the protests (like me) to stop the slaughter of civilians in Gaza. I saw a lot of posts on here about Hamas firing rockets into Israel and that if they stopped Israel would stop pounding Gaza. Israel has the “Iron Dome” missile system given to them by the US (shock horror) which makes almost all of those rockets useless. So the “we are retaliating against Hamas” excuse looks really lame. Myself and many people I know, can’t get the image of that wee Palestinian girl with the two black eyes out of our heads, hopefully Israel is heading down the same road that South Africa did.

  • gendjinn

    No they’re not. And you are refusing to even admit that the IDF murders children.

    You refuse to admit reality and keep saying “but you aren’t condemning X so why are you condemning Israel for something I don’t admit is happening”

    You don’t know where else I comment, or where else I speak so you have no f*cking clue about me or what I’m doing. But it is irrefutably clear that YOU are refusing to condemn IDF murder of children. This is exactly as offensive as people denying the holocaust occurred. Your defense of Israeli murder is contemptible.

  • Catlin

    Get help with that rage brother…

  • Abucs

    You must realise the weakness of that case, surely.

    The Nazis called themselves Socialist so they obviously didn’t kill every socialist they could find.

    Socialist regimes are renowned for internal purges from Portugal to Mexico, from Germany to China. Socialist regimes are particularly brutal and that includes fellow rivals. Is ISIS not muslim because they are killing muslims?

    Yes the Nazis cracked down on trade unions. So did the communists. Socialist do not allow any power base that it not state run.

    “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” – Mussolini.

    When the Nazi Socialists came to power Capitalism was in the doghouse. You’d just had the great stockmarket crash and Germany was paying off crippling debts to financiers. Jews were seen as being in control of the big banking capitalist cartel that was keeping Germany down.

    Hitler’s ‘National Socialist Labour Party’ saw themselves as a socialist progressive movement controlling every facet of German life including morality – which is always disastrous.

    Like other socialist regimes they are brutal with anyone that threatens their vision, especially socialist rivals. History is littered with countless examples.

    The Nazi’s own propaganda posters extolled socialism. Party members gave interviews to foreign journalists explaining their socialism. The Nazis introduced civic institutions and persecuted Christian bodies. They went on a massive government spending campaign and introduced new forms of state welfare. The Nazi Socialists 25 point plan called for distribution of company profits, nationalisation of education away from Christian schooling.

    They believed in a progressive big state power and worked to remove every other source of power. They brought in abortion for infants with defects and rolled out an abortion platform for eastern Slavic mothers. They introduced doctor directed killing and used the state to suppress Christianity. They saw themselves as enlightened and scientific.

    When Goebbel’s is writing to Nazi members in my link above it is obvious that he is extolling Socialist Germany. It would make no sense for the Nazi faithful to read such things in a Nazi publication at the outbreak of war with Britain if they saw themselves any different.

    This is not Goebbels in front of the Nuremberg judges, or running for office, this is Goebbel in full flight addressing fellow Nazis and reminding them of their vision – a Socialist vision. There is no question.

    It takes a special kind of brain washing to resist the obvious. Unfortunately many radicalised in the socialist mindset cannot come to terms with the shameful past of socialism which includes the Nazis.

    I’ve just come back from Cambodia where over a million were butchered in the name of a socialist utopia. At some point reality is going to catch up with western education regarding socialism and the inherent dangers and limitations in trying to force a utopia through state control.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Anyone ever read “The Lost Literature of Socialism” by George Watson? Offers a lot of answers to Barton’s question as posed. And suggests that “nonchalant” might be erased and “gloating” substituted in his title. I quote, Watson’s research reveals “how closely socialism was linked to conservative, racist and genocidal ideas.”

  • gendjinn

    Not. A. Single. Clue. Fact. Or. Unit. Of. Logic.

    I feel like a I’ve wandered into the twilight zone.

  • gendjinn

    Thank you for finally conceding the truth about the IDF.

    I suggest you seek help for the moral vacuum that masquerades as your soul.

  • ElpenorDignam

  • Abucs

    The reason why you feel in the twilight zone ….
    The reason why you are incapable of discussing the topic ….
    The reason why you can give no historical context …..
    The reason why you are desperate to claim no facts were presented after a page load have been supplied ….
    The reason why you dare not engage with any of those facts but pretend they aren’t there ……
    The reason why you still can’t attempt 1 argument for National Socialists being on the Right….
    The reason why you will not engage in Goebbel’s obvious public rallying of his Nazi Socialist brethren at a key time in Nazi history ….
    The reason why can will not respond to Nazi history …..
    is because you’ve been brainwashed into holding a Leftist group-think position without any logical support or reason. A brainwashing that helps you believe the great evil of the 20th century – Government forced Socialism, is actually a benign answer to aspects of Western culture you have been radicalised into hating.
    There is a reason for your inabilities, hatred, incoherence and wishing away of the presented facts.

  • gendjinn

    :)

    If you can’t tell the difference between socialism and fascism you can’t be helped.

    Funny how you can’t conceive of Nazis lying.

    Good luck to you.

  • Abucs

    Fascism is named after Mussolini’s Fascisto Party. The term was applied to the Germans by the Russians. Mussolini was a big time Socialist. Research it. Again Mussolini’s quote “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”.

    As many modern day scholars have noted, the term fascism is basically meaningless today as there are a plethora of Marxist governments like Cuba and North Korea who fit the bill perfectly. The more we’ve learned about Socialist regimes and their horrors, the more obviously indistinguishable from Nazism it is. It makes much more sense to call Nazi Socialism what it was, another attempt at big government Socialist utopia.

    I’m not here to be helped by you. Right now i’m interested in how many feminist ways you can try to get the upper hand in a conversation without actually engaging in the content of the conversation.

    Comments of ‘twilight zones’ and ‘helping me’ and claims of’ no facts’ do not hide the fact that you are in no intellectual way engaging with the question. Instead it is obvious that your brainwashing wants to assert your position without the slightest attempt to use logical reason to defend it.

  • Abucs

    ‘………………….Funny how you can’t conceive of Nazis lying………’
    Another false assertion. Nazis lied about many things. Giving the context of Goebbel’s statement you have to provide a reason for what you need to be a lie. Who exactly was Goebbel’s trying to persuade with this ‘lie’? I’m all ears.
    Remember, his audience was Nazi Socialist members in a Nazi Socialist official publication at the outbreak of war. I’m all ears, but I know you won’t engage because you haven’t got a reasonable position, just an emotional one.

  • gendjinn

    There you go again confusing signs & signifiers.

    I agree that the DPRK is a fascist state – that they call themselves communists is irrelevant, just like how Nazis included Socialist in their name.

    Cuba is an authoritarian socialist country and does not meet the criteria for the label fascist. The authoritarianism should be dropped, not the socialism.

    “Right now i’m interested in how many feminist ways you can try to get the upper hand in a conversation …”

    Ah jaysus petal, stall the ball.

    You obviously have anti-socialist agenda that is warping your sense of reality and logic. You are wrong that the Nazis were socialist. You are just flat out wrong.

  • Abucs

    …….. You are wrong that the Nazis were socialist. You are just flat out wrong……
    and yet you can’t articulate why or respond to any of the points made. Where is your explanation for the context of Goebbel’s lies?
    Silence.
    Where is your attempt to define socialism?
    Silence.
    Where is your definition of fascism? Where is your engagement on the supplied history of the term fascist. All you can do is say i’m wrong.
    Silence
    Here you go again, claiming reality and logic without providing any.
    You cannot fail to engage in the topic and somehow claim as unassailable position. That is a dunbed down position which betrays brain washing.

  • Abucs

    You should ask yourself why so many monsters like Pol Pot and Hitler called themselves Socialist and Progressive and tried to remake society by pitting one section of society against another in claims of making a better world.
    Why so many of them played the victim card creating ‘righteous violence’ that mobilised such terror in the communities they ruled.
    You should ask yourself why socialism fails so consistently and so horrifically.
    Finally you should ask yourself why this is such an emotional issue for you and yet you cannot engage with any clarity of consistency.
    My past posts are littered with facts and asking you to respond to relevant questions – followed by non engagement from you and an assertion of our correctness without any intellectual contributions.

  • Gareth Murray

    You really should get educated fella, you keep bombing this thread with ignorance and nonsense which is increasingly more offnesive.
    Have a read at the Hamas charter and then see who preaches annihilation.

    Tonight Hamas resumed rocket attacks against civilian targets from civilian areas even before the ceasefire ended, they rejected the Eygptian proposals for a longer term ceasefire. They are the terrorists.

  • eiregain

    the biggest threat to Jewish longevity in the West is the Israeli State!

  • eiregain

    logic clearly does not transfer well over comments sections, viliant effort gendjinn. the Israeli student Propaganda machine is strong, keep fighting!

  • Tacapall

    “Israel has used gas to clear tunnels it says were dug by Hamas in order to infiltrate Israel”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28456967

    Would the above be considered terrorism and a war crime ?

  • Leggy Mountbatten

    Talk about a guy who missed the entire point of the article.

  • Leggy Mountbatten

    So, why weren’t your kids angrier about what’s happening in Syria?

  • Izak Friend

    1)It isn’t possible to argue that the Irish deserve a country, and the Scots, and the Arabs, but not the Jews, without recourse to antisemitism. Not possible. 2)Fatah is the party of Arab Blood and Arab Soil fascism, and Hamas is the party of the Pure Islamic Ummah. Both stand for ethnic cleansing, which is what is meant when Jews are referred to in dehumanizing terms : settlers, imperialists, colonialists, foreigners. That these ideologies can be referred to as a part of the political left, tells the story of how little ideology means on the left. Do not look to this left to address the problems of working people; too busy rooting for Arab / Islamic “racial” chauvinism.

  • Ralph Monzo

    The Left condones and promotes anti-Semitism because liberalism, socialism and communism are interconnected ideologies that are founded on godlessness, on the secular humanist, materialist philosophical concepts of Karl Marx. Any intelligent conversation on the subject of the history of the Jews would by necessity bring up the topic of God and the unique relationship between Him and His chosen people, which irks the mostly atheist proponents of Marx’s evil construct.Anti-Semitism always comes from those who have chosen to oppose God’s sacred Word and His immutable will, those who have yielded themselves unrepentantly and without reservation unto the Jew’s ultimate enemy, namely, Satan. What the Left fails to see, however, is God’s faithful, timeless, assurance of life eternal for those who believe in and trust in, HIM.

  • Izak Friend

    The Left has three decades of fawning over the House of Assad to account for. The Assads were going to lay waste to Tel Aviv—that was good enough for the Left. Turned out, that the Assads burned Syria to the ground. Don’t wait for an apology from the left. They’re still defending the Soviet Union.